AACS Summit – Key Note Speaker Takeaways

Last week Eileen Keller, SST Partner, attended the American Association of Cosmetology Schools (AACS) Leaders Summit in Washington DC. The theme for the conference was “Today’s Collaboration, Tomorrow’s Victory”. At the conference, schools and partners were able to shed light on areas for improvement in the Beauty and Wellness Education industry. Eileen was able to network with our clients and friends to discuss issues they face on a day to day basis.

On Monday evening of the conference Representative Virginia Foxx of North Carolina spoke at the opening session. With a new Secretary of Education navigating through the haze of educational rules and requirements – schools continue to work tirelessly to comply with mandates that have been imposed by regulators and “watchdogs”.

Many, many students and their parents have invested billions of dollars and thousands of classroom hours to earn a better job and live a fulfilling life. As more businesses are demanding post-secondary credentials to fill technical, high skill, good paying jobs – the spot light continues to shine heavily of schools.

Representative Foxx currently serves as the Chair on the House Committee of Education and the Workforce.  This committee is working diligently to help students afford postsecondary education that will prepare them to enter the workforce with the skills they need.  According to the committee, the American workforce currently faces a shortage of 6 million skilled workers – a number expected to reach 11 million by 2022. They believe that students are facing a “skill-gap” that will put our national economy at a disadvantage if they (students) don’t get the education they need.

This FACT SHEET  was provided by Representative Foxx on Monday night and outlines the committee’s goals and objectives for helping students.